The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands is a gallery with great national awareness. The museum is one of the few places on the islands where you can find yorself surrounded by trees, as well as the most impressive collection of the finest art from the islands.
The collection comprises around 2600 works which mainly constitute Faroese works of art. The collection consists of both modern and early Faroese art, including paintings, graphics, sculptures, installations and textile.
With its black-stained exterior and numerous gables, the museum-building recalls the traditional Faroese boathouse while the straightforward interior floorboards are from trees that fell in a storm in the plantation surrounding the museum. The old building which today houses our special exhibitions opened in 1970, and the new building was inaugurated in 1993 and drawn by the architects Niels Frithiof Truelsen (DK) and Palle Gregoriussen (FO).
The art gallery opened its doors almost 50 years ago, but the collection itself dates back to World War II, when Faroese ties to Denmark suddenly were severed. Faroese students in Copenhagen founded the Faroese Art Society and started collecting Faroese artworks. After the war, the Faroese nation also started collecting art, until the two collections were merged into the museum in 1989 when the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands was established as an independent association.